ORANGE City Council says the new indoor aquatic centre will be open “as soon as possible” but will not yet reveal if rain has pushed the opening date beyond February.
Councillors inspected the pool this week as part of a tour of some of the city’s major projects.
Councillor Glenn Taylor, one of four councillors to visit the site, questioned whether workers would meet the already delayed February completion date that has forced the closure of the children’s pool for summer.
“They’re going to have to be doing an awful lot of work from here on in, I think there’s a long way to go” he said.
“The roof’s not properly on, there’s been no tiling work, there’s nothing on the floor.
“From what I saw on Tuesday, they’ve got an awful lot of work to get through to get it finished by February - an enormous lot of work.”
Orange City Council corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said current works were focused on roofing, preparation for tiling, the administration and amenities areas and preparation to build a car park.
Mr Redmond said councillors would receive a timeline for the pool’s completion before the date was made available to the public.
“The intention is to get it open as soon as possible,” he said.
“We’ve had some recent rain and we’ll be reporting the timeline in a memo to councillors.
“The roof is going on and is getting close to being finished.”
Councillor Chris Gryllis, who requested Tuesday’s tour of the pool, said he was happy with the progress that had been made.
“It’s looking good, but there’s obviously been a delay,” he said.
“But it’s the least of my worries - at the end of the day we’ll have a facility we didn’t have 12 months ago.”